I remember arriving at a studio session and pulling into the driveway and finding some producer type friends of mine outside cranking some sounds in the car. They had just installed c.d. players in their cars. That was a long time ago, but I still remember how ridiculous I thought it was. I had never seen anything like that before. Not in a car. I remember, like it was yesterday, telling them that, “you guys have gone over board with this one, how can you drive and it not bump and scratch (as if it were a record)?” Anyway, it was several months before I upgraded my car’s cassette player. Now, fast forward to the popularity of cellular telephones being used by the masses. “You mean they’re gonna charge me by the minute … there’s nobody I need to talk to that bad?.” Once again, months went by.
The irony of it all is that I’ve always considered my self to be cutting edge, but as I reflect I’ve never been quick to embrace some of the most prolific technological advancements. A couple of years back I recall my manager and publicist hitting me over the head with the fact that I needed to start a blog. “…but what would I talk about … and why?” Well, two years and almost 200 posts later, tada! It’s funny how we all embrace advancements at our own speed. I can look at my own inner circle and for example, Don C. aways has the latest PDA, the latest this and the latest that, his whole stunt game is to have stuff before anyone else. In fact, Don C. was the person that bought Common an iPod about a year and a half ago because we all got tired of laughing at him for showing up at the studio with a Walkman disc player and a handful of loose cd’s. I’m not sure if Common has a laptop, even YET!
So as we dive head first into the year 2010, I would like to go on record and announce that, with the constant urging of my publicist, I am finally on Facebook and Twitter- two more things to consume my time and attention in the name of staying cutting edge. Another thing to learn the nuisance of…I mean nuance of. I was up till 3 a.m. trying to navigate these things and if you see me wandering around looking lost….. I can’t believe what I’ve gotten myself into. The sick thing is that I can’t wait to get back to it.